[Space] Possible medium/long term goal

Mikolaj Habryn dichro at rcpt.to
Tue Feb 9 10:25:11 PST 2010


Agreed, the balloon doesn't make things that much easier for orbit.
The advantage of balloons is that they effectively make the atmosphere
*much* shallower, which makes all kinds of things possible, like
getting the decried small launch vehicles proportionally much higher,
or observations/experiments that don't work under the atmospheric
blanket but don't actually require free-fall.

But when it comes to getting a substantial mass up to orbital
velocity, I tend to agree - unless jpaerospace can demonstrate their
slow high-altitude acceleration trick:
http://jpaerospace.com/atohandout.pdf

m.

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 7:11 PM, Ariel Waldman <ariel at arielwaldman.com> wrote:
> Re: rockoons, I met with one of the Google Lunar X Prize teams in Germany
> last month who explained why rockoons are typically not a good idea:
>
> http://www.part-time-scientists.com/Rockoon_EN
>
> Worth reading to see if their critique of rockoons applies to what we'd want
> to achieve with them.
>
>
> Ariel Waldman | digital anthropologist
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>
>
> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Blake Barrett <Blake at blakebarrett.net>
> wrote:
>>
>> Anyone ever heard of rockoons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockoon
>>
>> Blake
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM, Jonathan Moore <moore at eds.org> wrote:
>>>
>>> Sub-orbital telescope!
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>>> ( I think my getting a little carried away by our secuess )
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